The game will begin with Ezio having all his equipment and skills from Brotherhood intact
. When we eventually control Alta´r, he will start off with only the weapons he had on him at the end of the first game (or Bloodlines
, but I haven't played it). Over time, he will slowly gain the weapons and skills that Ezio currently has, possibly showing the events that lead to him looking into the Apple of Eden and developing the Hidden Gun, the current version of the Hidden Blade, and other weapons. We will eventually switch back to Ezio some time after Alta´r gains all of Ezio's current skills and weapons in his storyline.
- Jossed according to the information currently released. The game will mainly follow Ezio, but will be able to take a look at Alta´r's life through special seals.
- In fact Ezio's weapons get damaged fighting an army by himself, and his armor gets damaged when he gets dragged behind galloping horses for a few miles.
In Revelations, we will play as Alta´r's son, not Alta´r himself.
Desmond has already witnessed the said son's conception in Assassin's Creed II
- Related: Alta´r's son will also be named Alta´r so we will be playing as "Alta´r", just not the one we're familiar with.
- Possibly jossed. As mentioned above, special seals will allow Ezio to peer into Alta´r's life.
- Jossed: We play as Alta´r at various stages of his life. We see one of his sons, but not the son from whom Desmond is descended.
When you play as Alta´r in Revelations, you will be able to swim.
Because the official explanation for Alta´r's sudden swimming deaths is that it's an Animus glitch. Since Desmond is in a different Animus and Ezio is not in an Animus at all, that glitch will not exist.
Ezio and Alta´r have superpowers beyond eagle vision
courtesy of being descended from those who came before. There's no other way Alta´r could live to 92 in the Middle Ages, not to mention Ezio being just as physically capable at 52 as at 19. They have enhanced strength, endurance, and longevity.
- So long as they didn't contract disease or a sudden case of steel poisoning, there wasn't really any reason our ancestors couldn't live roughly as long as we do. The reasons for increased longevity these days are mostly do to superior nutrition (available to limited segments of the population in the middle ages) and better cures for disease (which can be avoided by reasonably clean living). The only certain killer is age itself. As for Ezio being a Badass at fifty... yeah, that could be down to TWCB. That, or Rule of Cool.
- Actually, Ezio did start complaining about the small pains of age as early as (I think) Sequence 2 in Brotherhood. "Ow, my back" anyone?. And he does mutter "This used to be so easy" early on in Revelations. His age does affect him but because he has made sure all his life to keep himself fit and healthy it affects him less than it would any normal person. Accurately handled in my opinion.
We will see Ezio die onscreen at the end of Revelations
What better why to end the final chapter of his story? The genetic memory could be hand waved
by Ezio being killed in the presence of the mother of his child, moments after they've made love, or it could even be witnessed by Ezio's infant son or daughter.
- Doesn't even have to be directly related to Ezio. If anyone who was there to witness Ezio's death eventually winds up on Desmond's ancestry, this could be justified.
- Jossed: The animated short Assassin's Creed: Embers will have Ezio quite old and gray, have a family, and still remain just badass enough before passing away at the end of it.
We will see Alta´r die onscreen at the end of his final seal memory
He isn't even protected by the whole Genetic Memory
angle now, and if The Secret Crusade
is anything to go by Alta´r is killed with much of the Assassin Order during the massive Mongol siege in 1257
- Confirmed, albeit he passes away of old age before the Mongols could break through Masyaf.
Alta´r is still alive in 1512 and Ezio will encounter him
He managed to use the Apple to give himself a much longer life, as implied by the final codex page in AC 2
. What he's up to in Constantinople is anyone's guess.
- Nope, Alta´r passed away of old age inside the "vault" and Ezio finds his skeleton in rotted Grand Master's robes.
Following on from the above WMG...
the superweapon hidden under Masyaf.
- As an extension: Alta´r is a rotten corpse when Ezio finds him, because the Apple made Alta´r mad and think he could survive being locked in that room for several centuries.
- After four centuries? Make that a skeleton or a mummy at best.
- Actually Ezio does come across his skeleton; Alta´r had sealed away the Apple from the first game before deciding to "sit down and rest a moment..."
Ezio is experiencing the Bleeding effect
And that's how he's seeing the shadow of Alta´r . Those seals he's collecting? Early forms of an Animus.
- Technology from Those Who Came Before that formed the basis for the Animus.
- Jossed (maybe?) as the writer of Revelations Darby McDevitt in an interview that Alta´r and Ezio are from different sides of Desmond's family tree, so Ezio wouldn't have Alta´r's genetic memory.
At the very end, Alta´r, Ezio, and Desmond will interact directly.
Somehow the Apple will bring the three together to simultaneously assassinate someone in one of the three time periods. Then they will chat and wonder WTF is going on.
- Kind of Jossed and Confirmed. There is one critical moment in the game where the fates of all three characters converge.
Desmond will have a temporary personality takeover.
Due to the ever worsening Bleeding Effect, Desmond will briefly think he is
Ezio. Conversely, Ezio will suffer the same thing, but with Alta´r. Or maybe both
- Jossed, though Desmond does have to share his Animus mindspace with Subject 16.
Desmond will have a PERMANENT personality takeover.
That is, something glitchy will happen within the Animus, and Desmond's shattered mind will be completely overwritten by Ezio's memories, and Desmond will wake up, seemingly AS Ezio, in 2012.
- Jossed. The entire plot of the game was for Desmond to finish Ezio's story and to piece together his original personality.
Ezio will convert to Islam in Constantinople
Because the Ubisoft team has already stated that the Turks by and large are more assassin friendly than the Byzantines who are waging an ongoing conflict against them, and have openly allied themselves with the Templars. Not to mention that the Roman brotherhood has been helping the Turks for years at this point. Could be done as a show of good faith (pardon the pun) to the assassins there, as well as established Ottoman society. And also because it'd be good PR to have a Muslim protagonist in a video game FOR ONCE.
- Really not likely to happen. Ezio's a devout atheist. Meeting what the rest of humanity thought of as gods will do that to you.
- Ezio could convert to Islam out of convenience, just to get by in the Middle-East more easily, but it's not very likely, since converts tend to attract unwanted attention from both sides of the fence.
- Also, aren't you forgetting that most of the Assassins from the original game would have been Muslim or at least lived in a way that was very heavily influenced by Islam?
- Not Muslim. Assassins are atheists — religion isn't quite compatible with the "nothing is true" mantra. They oppose both Muslim and Christian armies in the Holy land.
- Some could still be religious. In Buddhism, there is no God and no permeance fo the soul, but Buddhism allows for adherents to follow other religious tradition if it helps them achieve their end goal of Nirvana, and some Buddhists do just that. Similarly, some Assassins may be religious because it helps them keep going or because they feel that acting as Assassins is the best way to adhere to their faith (ie, a Christian may become an Assassin because they feel that saving humankind from the Templar's plans is one way of doing God's will or that their salvation is necessary sacrifice for the good of many).
- If you listen to Ezio's explanation of the Creed, "nothing is true" refers to the fact that the foundations of society (like religion), are fragile and that humans must take care of their own problems. Basically, the ideal Assassin would not let anything as unreliable as religion guide their actions.
- As a note, Ezio has met Assassins who are Christian (see at least one unconventional nun in the Second Game). Alta´r is an atheist as of his writings but Ezio, himself, never expresses any religious preference whatsoever and can build a church in his home town.
WMGs on the moment that connects Alta´r, Ezio, and Desmond...
- Losing a woman they loved. Ezio lost Cristina, Alta´r lost Adha and possibly outlived Maria and Desmond was forced to stab Lucy, who he clearly had feelings for.
- Would explain Juno's actions.
- Losing their father before they have reached manhood, maybe?
- The game shows that the moment is when both Ezio and Desmond view Alta´r's final memory.
By waking himself up from his animus coma, Desmond will learn to control the bleeding effect
It seems like the best way to give him the ability (which it's always been likely he would obtain, given Shaun's Foreshadowing
in Assassin's Creed II
), short of zapping him with The Apple.
Claudia will be a skilled enough assassin on par with Ezio.
- It's one thing that she was made one in Brotherhood, but I'm sure we'll see her parkour her way across Turkey as well as some killing.
- Unfortunately, she never makes an appearance in the game so we may never know.
- According to the Encyclopedia Claudia stepped down as the Mistress of the Rosa In Fiore in 1504 and took on a non-combat advisory role to Ezio and the rest of the Assassins.
The 'One Who Came Before' known as Jupiter will have a hologram appearance
In the ACII ending three 'gods' are mentioned; Minerva, Juno, and Jupiter. Minerva and Juno have each appeared in a game so far, and the three of them together form the Capitoline Triad of Roman gods, so it would fill out the symmetry nicely.
- Seems likely. Ezio is collecting First Civilization artefacts, and a member of the Triad appearing in each of the games in Ezio's trilogy has even more symmetry.
- As Ezio and Desmond has met one "god" each, that leaves Alta´r to meet Jupiter, possibly through the Apple.
- Jupiter appears to Desmond at the sync nexus, but neither Ezio nor Alta´r meet him.
Desmond will wake up in an Abstergo animus
When Desmond gets out of the Animus at the end, the mind screw will be he's being held by Abstergo. Of course Abstergo don't realize that he's now as much as an unstoppable murder machine as Ezio and queue Assassins Creed 3 set in the present/future with Desmond as the main character.
- Jossed. He's still with the Assassins by the end.
Desmond, Ezio, and Alta´r will be brought together by "One Who Came Before" or a Piece of Eden.
Given the internal logic of Those Who Came Before and their artifacts, e.g. Minerva noticing Desmond behind the Animus' camera and the Apple showing only the Pieces of Eden that exist in the present day, It seems logical that either an artifact or One Who Came Before would pull all three of them "out of time" so that they can interact. In this vein, the moment in history that connects all of them would be their encounter with that entity or their activation of the artifact which allows them to meet.
- Confirmed, sorta: The Piece of Eden from the first game activates when Ezio and Alta´r's corpse are in the library beneath Masyaf, and Ezio is alerted to Desmond's spectral presence by the recurrance of Desmond's name in his mind. Ezio even has time to speak to Desmond (and can see him at the very end) before the nexus kicks in, triggering Jupiter's message.
The moment that connects Alta´r, Ezio, and Desmond is a thing: the Apple.
As far as we know, the last three people to interact with the Apple are the protagonists. Maybe that wouldn't have meant anything had it just been Alta´r, Ezio, and someone else, but Desmond
is the link between the two, and his presence makes that significant.
- But Ezio put it under that Church in Rome before he went off to Masyaf. The model for Ezio when Desmond sees his ghost placing it on that pedestal is that same as in the normal game. Therefore, unless another Apple suddenly materializes (Time-cloning perhaps?), Ezio won't have it with him.
- Jossed? The "secret" in Alta´r's library is actually the Apple of Eden from the first game, while the one in 2 and Brotherhood is a separate one.
Subject 16's mind is also stuck in the black box
He might serve as Mission Control
during the Desmond segments.
- Not just Subject 16, but perhaps Subjects 1-15 as well.
- 16's there because he hacked his mind into the Animus using the synch-nexus he's sending you after, the other ones probably failed in some way or went mad upon discovering their body was gone.
- Jossed with Subject 4 at least (if you've read The Fall).
- Confirmed. The program you pieced together in Brotherhood was Subject 16, an AI of himself, and he explains what Desmond needs to do to free himself from the Animus and avoid deletion.
Alta´r and Ezio are alive because the Apple of Eden bestows immortality, though doesn't affect again.
Tying further back into the above WMGs, Alta´r and Ezio are alive and still secretly running the Assassins. They either work above, with, or actually are William. This is why Cesare kept screaming about how he could not die, because he knew that is what the Apple does. Which means that Rodrigo and Al Mualim are still alive too.
- Not necessarily. Perhaps the immortality bestowed by the Apple is the kind of the First Civilization: They're immortal to age, but can still be killed by disease or murder.
All of Desmond's experiences thus far have taken place in the Animus.
Everything: his imprisonment at Abstergo, the escape with Lucy, working in the Animus... they're all memories, being relived by Desmond or Desmond's descendant. None of it is really happening.
- This would explain the video-game like controls and Animus-style prompts outside of the Animus.
- Or the Desmond sequences in the first three games are memories, but they're being relived by Desmond sometime between Brotherhood and Revelations, during his Animus coma.
Duccio de Luca will show up in Constantinople, pissed off and ready for round three.
In both Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood, Ezio has a fist fight with Duccio (an ex of Claudia's), though admittedly in Brotherhood he shows up in DLC only. Revelations will have Duccio pop up at some point in Constantinople (Brotherhood notes he did become a trader, after all, albeit a very bad one), and will want to try and even the score with Ezio, so instead of fighting one-on-one or with a group of thugs, Duccio will instead have armed mercenaries or paid-off guards to help him defeat Ezio. He'll defeat them all and leave Duccio lying unconscious and bloody on the ground one last time.
- Confirmed. There's an achievement/trophy for beating him up again.
- Chances are he's probably going to harass Sofia, cue Ezio's fist to the face.
- The achievement/trophy is called "Bully", where you have to find and beat up Duccio. If anything, the title implies that Duccio's done nothing wrong this time and Ezio just wants to fuck him up some more, just for the fun of it.
- In this case, Ezio just finds Duccio wandering around drunk in the city after scaring the hell out of him, so basically Confirmed.
- Although the player has some incentive to do it, because he shows up as a target on the minimap that never goes away. Although, you have the option of killing him over and over and over in different ways rather than beating him up.
Because you are
playing a rather jolly old man with an impressive beard and a fur robe. In Turkey. Also, why the hell not?
Subject 16 will show up in the Black Room
There are already short clips on IGN's youtube page where a strange man is telling Desmond about a "Sync Nexus" and how to escape the animus.
- If the above theory, that Desmond is being held by the Templars, is true he could even be a Templar agent crawling around inside Desmond's brain. That is some creepiness.
- Confirmed to be Subject 16, more fully formed than ever.
We will meet (or at least find out about) the modern-day Templar Grandmaster, and he will be Zasalamel
Zasalamel's ending in IV shows him to be alive in the modern day, with an interest in guiding mankind's development throughout time. It also shows him to be quite wealthy and powerful. And since Ezio does NOT travel from another dimension to be in Soul Calibur V (like previous guest fighters did), but is in fact a native of that world (with Desmond watching through the Animus, if my information is correct) then Zasalamel became a Templar at some point, or always was one, and is now Grandmaster of the order and the corporation he owns that his ending in IV hinted at is in fact Abstergo. Also, how awesome would this be?
- And now Ezio is in Soul Calibur V. If Zasalamel shows up as well, it could be the start of an eternal rivalry between him and the Assassins.
- OR it could be that Zasalamel is actually an ally of or an Assassin himself, as he didn't seem to have the Knight Templar sort of mindset in his ending of 4.
16 didn't WANT to live/be set free
It would explain why he seems to know everything, he's hacked into the Animus to access a ton of memories (err
) and speaking through the Animus was his only hope of making contact with an Assassin. That, or he wentcrazy with power
- His body's "worm food now," making any such pretensions futile, and he knows it — so in the end he seems to sacrifice himself to save Desmond when the Animus starts deleting the entire Animus Island, by "tossing" Desmond into the Ezio partition of Desmond's collective memories.
- The earliest portions of the game hint at a possible Grand Theft Me, and at one point 16 even asks for Desmond's help in doing that. But Desmond immediately shoots it down and 16 accepts that with good grace (Secret Test of Character?), and eventually performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Desmond from deletion by the Animus. So Jossed and Confirmed, maybe.
16 is the main villain
Tying into the above WMG, but just think of the power he now has. He's probably gonna upload himself to the satellite or something...
- Jossed, sadly: the Animus raw data is completely dumped before Sequence 9, and 16 allows himself to be deleted so that Desmond can get to the sync nexus and return to his body.
Sophia: Who are you, Messere?
He even has the beard for it.
Claudia is the acting Mentor while Ezio's on his trip.
And maybe she took over full time after he quits at the end of the game.
- Isn't Machiavelli more high ranking?
- Confirmed with the novel of the game that Ezio leaves Claudia in charge of the Assassins in Italy during his journey, but bequeaths the role of Mentor to Ludovico Ariosto when he retires.
Ezio spoke out to Desmond
multiple times in his life.
It's just that only the time in the Vault
had any effect.
The object Ezio gave Shao Jun
...Was the blade mechanism for the Hidden Blade
In that it features Shao Jun, a young Assassin with a very similar wardrobe to Alta´r, Ezio, and Desmond (down to the pointed "eagle's" hood◊
, something none of the other named Assassins in pretty much any game possess), and a mission that seems awfully similar to the plot of an Assassin's Creed
game (taking down the corrupt emperor and the Templars behind him). She's young, but has a good reason to be leading the Assassins in China (the fact they were driven out by Jiajing), allowing the developers to keep the "Brotherhood" mechanic in place. Add to this that a few scenes in Embers
imply she has free-running skills (she got to the roof of Ezio's villa without much trouble) and maybe even Eagle Vision (there's a pretty superfluous scene of her staring at something in Florence) and maybe we're looking at our next Assassin.
Getting back to the point of the WMG, maybe sometime after Ubisoft had decided on her for AC3
, they decided to include her in Embers
, explaining why it's half about her journey and half about Ezio's final days, rather than entirely about him.
- This idea actually has considerable potential considering the political situation at the time. Considering that the Portuguese were establishing their empire around the Indian ocean at this time, this gives an opportunity to include vastly different cities in the game. Let's say that it starts shortly after Embers with Shao Jun arriving in Lisboa in order to catch a ship back to China. You could fight Templars in that city before you leave, then maybe a stopover in Goa before reaching Shangchuan Island and nearby Guangzhou and so on.
- Wouldn't this require that Shao Jun is somehow related to Desmond? I guess it's possible to handwave her as being a great-great-(so on)-granddaughter of Darim or Sef, but that would be a heavy stretch.
- Would not a relation in the other direction (that is, that Shao Jun is an ancestor of Desmond, rather than a relative of Ezio or Alta´r) be more likely, given the mechanics of the Animus? They do have quite a number of centuries to work in for merging the lines...
- Not to mention that shortly before she leaves, Ezio gives Shao Jun a box and instructs her to only open it if she "loses her way". We never do find out what's in that box...
- Plus, Shao Jun has a hidden blade IN HER BOOT. Imagine the amount of crazy new kill animations the devs can make on that alone!
- Also, with one on each wrist, she'd have three hidden blades. In Assassin's Creed: 3...
- Unfortunately Jossed. Ubisoft has confirmed that AC3 will take place during the American Revolution and that the protagonist will be a Native American.
The AI of 16 is a pretty incomplete version of his personality.
- Without any memories other than the ones 16 uploaded while he was alive, explaining why Desmond can't just outright ask him about Eve or anything else.
- Actually it's not incomplete. In this case, for the first time, we see a complete version of Subject 16, the version of him WITHOUT any ancestral memories to interfere.
- He may be a Knight in Sour Armor (what with being dead and knowing it), but he's not insane, incomplete, or evil in any way. Kind of surprising, really.
- No, he actually is pretty crazy, it's just that he doesn't adhere to the Insane Equals Violent trope. He's definitely not evil, though. An argument could be made for 'incomplete', since he doesn't remember committing suicide (he uploaded his mind before that, obviously) but beyond that, yes, he has all of his memories and personality.
There's a traitor high up in the Assassin Order
Reaching level 18 in the Multiplayer unlocks a dossier about the Animus. The last picture attached to the entry is of the Assassin-made Animus 2.0, complete with labels to identify key components. Unless Rebecca was sloppy with securing her notes when they evacuated the safehouse at the end of Assassin's Creed 2, the only way Abstergo could have that info would be if someone in the Assassin Order with access to info on the Animus 2.0 was a Templar spy.
- If there was a traitor it was probably Lucy, programmed by Abstergo as a sleeper agent. Would explain why they try to subdue Desmond at the end of II with nothing but batons.
- Lucy being a Templar is Confirmed (someone hacked the game disc and got some on-disc DLC out of it).In case any one's interested, she switched sides 'cos she thought the Assassins ditched her. Clay/16 gave himself up to infiltrate Abstergo to find her, but obviously Lucy didn't bother going along with the plan and let him die. Everything, from letting Desmond read Vidic's emails to breaking him out in Assassin's Creed II was to gain his trust.
16 transferred himself to Desmond's mind after the Black Room collapsed
- That long hug? Yeah, it was 16 implanting himself in Desmond's head. The man was desperate and actually asked if Desmond would let him. And hell, he was going to be erased completely when the Black Room started to crumble, so why would he ask again? He just went there and did it, and will return on AC 3.
- Additionally, Ubisoft has confirmed that atleast four characters' voice actors will be returning. Said characters are Desmond, Shaun, Rebecca, and... Clay Kaczmarek? Now who could that be? Of course: Subject Sixteen.
- That is Subject Sixteen's name: it says so in his database entry, where he introduces himself. I really, really hope that Clay is wandering around in Desmond's head. I find him to be the most interesting character of the entire series. If that is the case, though, I also hope that he doesn't turn into a villain.
Desmond will die in some seating implement
Let's look at the track record of his ancestors so far. Alta´r died in a chair and Ezio died on a bench. I would wager decent money chairs, benches, and other sitting implements are actually all Templar agents.
- Desmond could die in an Animus...
Locations of Minerva's Temples.
Let's hear some guesses!
- Rome, New York, for obvious reasons having to do with the Da Vinci Disappearance.
- Mystery Hill, Salem, New Hampshire, because it is an inexplicably old archaeological site not matching anything that the native groups built in the area at the ethnographic present. That site, and others like it around New England, while obviously man-made, have the native tribes of New England just as perplexed as the archaeologists.
More on Lucy as a Templar spy...
She is one, but not in the way most people would think. When this troper played through Revelations
, specifically the part where Shaun suggested to Bill that Desmond may have been programmed by the Templars, it got the troper thinking. Perhaps Lucy was somehow programmed at some point in her life just after she became an Assassin (most likely during her undercover stint as an Abstergo employee in the first game). That could be what Juno meant when she said "the Cross darkens the horizon" regarding Lucy.
The Six Vaults and their methods of Salvation
Jupiter stated that there were six vaults built, along with a main vault. He also stated that each vault was devoted to a different method of salvation. So what sorts of salvation methods do you think there were?
- I think one of the vaults might be a gene bank of some kind. It wasn't designed to shelter any people, but rather to store genetic information of members of the First Civilisation so that they could be resurrected following the disaster and help rebuild the society faster than they otherwise would. The First Civilisation created humanity from scratch, so that requires some fantastic genetic knowledge. Therefore it's definitely possible that they could have a gene bank containing hundreds, if not thousands, of individual First Civilisation genomes. Think of the sheer amount of information stored in the titular ship in Titan A.E., but probably more. Whether or not they've survived the 750 or so centuries since the disaster is uncertain.
- I'm not sure about the vault part, but my WMG regarding the methods of salvation actually do with the pieces of Eden - we already know about three: the Apple(s), the Staff, and the Shroud. Granted, we only know about what functions the Apple seems to give off, as well as a brief glimpse on what the Staff might do, which, assuming, has different functions as the Apple had done. So how much of a stretch could it be that the methods of salvation have to do with (or are) the pieces of Eden?
Lucy was working for Those Who Came Before.
While her reasons for the staged escape were good ones, her plan did have the minor flaw of giving the Assassins a shitload of vital information, something the Templars would be VERY hesitant to do. The truth is, she didn't care, because her real goal is to locate the Pieces of Eden so Those Who Came Before (or their successors) can snatch them all up. Why do they want them? Because they're planning to retake Earth, and they don't want the humans figuring out a defense against the Pieces of Eden.
Now that Lucy's dead, other agents (currently posing as Templars) will try to recapture Desmond. Aside from giving them access to Desmond's memories again, this will provoke the Assassins into an all-out attack on Abstergo, which will inflict heavy casualties on both sides. The only way to win is for the Assassins and Templars to ally. The Assassins have the genes that make them resistant to the Pieces of Eden, but only the Templars have the resources and familiarity with the pieces themselves to develop a true defense.
Oh, and that satellite launch? Yeah, that's just how the TWCB are snatching up the Po Es
. They get the Templars to launch them into space, then the rocket explodes. The Templars assume it's Assassin sabotage, and the TWCB get the Po Es